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Section 20 of Minimum Wages Act, 1948

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Section 20 (1) of Minimum Wages Act, 1948 says that the appropriate Government, by way of notification in Official Gazette, appoint Commissioner for Workmen's Compensation or any officer of the Central Government exercising functions as a Labor Commissioner for any region, or any officer of the State Government not below the rank of Labor Commissioner or any officer with experience of a Judge of Civil Court of as a Stipendiary Magistrate to be authority to hear and decide for any specified area all claims arising out of payment of remuneration for days of rent less than the minimum rate of wages or in respect of the payment of or for work done on such days, or of wages at the overtime rate etc.

Section 20 (2) says a claim petition can be submitted

  • by the employee
  • by any legal practitioner on behalf of the employee
  • by a registered trade union authorized in writing to act on behalf of the employee
  • by any inspector
  • by any person acting with the permission of the Authority